It seems to me that it is viewed almost as a badge of honour to strive for and achieve. It seems to be viewed as the answer to the overload of tasks so many people seem to be trying to juggle.
But here’s the thing:
Multitasking isn’t the most effective way to manage many tasks and can actually be counter productive
3 Myths of Multitasking
Myth 1 – You get more done if you multi task. Not true. Your productivity actually reduces the more you multi task. You are also likely to make more mistakes. Tasks actually take longer when you are trying to complete them at the same time as other tasks.
Myth 2 – You will feel more in control of all your tasks and responsibilities. Not true. It actually increases stress levels. The more you are trying to do at any one time, the more your stress levels go up. Not good for your health. Also, it isn’t attractive to others if you are constantly a little cloud of stress hanging round them!
Myth 3 – You can get stuff done while being with other people. Not true. Multitasking detrimentally impacts relationships. One of the most important things our important relationships need from us is our time and undivided attention when we are with them. It sends a very negative message if we are spending time with people we are also juggling lots of other stuff too.
The Alternative to Multitasking
So, here’s the good news:
It is OK to stop multi tasking. There are far more effective ways to get things done.
Here are a few suggestions to play with:
- Start singletasking and make it a priority and habit.
- Organise your tasks for the day into priority order and give them time slots.
- Focus on each task totally, giving you full attention until it is done.
- Remove distractions and temptations before you start each task.
The alternatives to multitasking are much more enjoyable, effective and healthy. It will enhance your productivity levels and the quality of what you are going. All areas of your life and work will benefit. And most important of all, your relationships will benefit from it because you will be nurturing your connection with them better and you are protecting and enhancing that relationship.
Now that we have busted some myths surrounding multitasking, is it time for you to evaluate how you manage your daily tasks, both personal and professional?